verb (used with object), he·ro·ized, he·ro·iz·ing.

to make a hero of: a war film that heroizes the warrior.

Also heroicize; especially British, he·ro·ise.

Origin of heroize

First recorded in 1730–40; hero + -ize
Related formshe·ro·iz·a·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for heroize

Historical Examples of heroize

  • An attempt was made to heroize him, but he withdrew to the seclusion of his room and would see no one.

    Ann Arbor Tales

    Karl Edwin Harriman

  • To "heroize" a boy in class every time he does a meritorious act will very likely spoil him.

    Principles of Teaching

    Adam S. Bennion